who we are

Founded in 1959, Walden is a coed overnight camp for campers entering 2nd grade through 11th grade. We’re in the Northern Michigan’s Lower Peninsula on a pristine 100 acres outside the town of Cheboygan. Walden stretches along Long Lake, a clear, spring-fed body of water, and camp’s terrain ranges from lush meadows to old-growth forests.

the walden way

Our philosophy is this: Summer camp should be a place where kids feel safe and supported; where they develop independence and gain skills that feed their resilience and self-confidence; and where they form lasting friendships and craft lifelong memories. That’s The Walden Way.  And, as thousands of former campers will tell you, it’s an unforgettable way to spend the summer…


As a family-owned, traditional summer camp, we offer a diverse range of activities from land and water sports to horseback riding; from rockets and radio to the visual and performing arts. Walden campers roast marshmallows, sing silly songs, star-gaze and drink “bug juice”!
And they also do less-traditional camp stuff, like mountain biking, gardening and yoga. Kids choose their own activity program and, with the guidance of a fun, committed and highly professional staff, find out what it’s like to be “on their own” for part of the summer.
What We Do

why do campers love it here?

For the adventures, the friendships, and the culture of acceptance.
Oh, yeah–they love the cinnamon toast, too!


1| A-Field

2| Arts & Crafts

3| B-Field

4| Basketball

5| Beach/Swim Area

6| Boys’ Cabins

7| Girls’ Cabins

8| Fencing

9| Game Room

10| Gymnastics

11| Horseback Riding

12| Meadow

13| Mess Hall

14| Outdoor Stage

15| The Pit

16| Rec Hall